Carbon Hill shoots for 2nd straight regional title
by Johnathan Bentley
Feb 24, 2012 | 968 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Carbon Hill’s one win away from a return trip to the Final Four in Birmingham.

Only one team stands in the Bulldogs’ way — Elkmont.

Carbon Hill takes on the Red Devils at 2 p.m. today in the Class 3A Northwest Regional Tournament championship game at Wallace State-Hanceville’s Tom Drake Coliseum.

“We have to go one more step to get back,” Carbon Hill coach Robert Epps said.

Both Carbon Hill and Elkmont needed overtime wins on Thursday to advance to today’s regional championship.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (25-7) blew a 15-point lead to Sheffield before picking up a 46-41 overtime victory in their regional opener.

Elkmont (21-7) stormed back from a 16-point deficit against Holly Pond. The Red Devils forced overtime and outscored the Broncos 10-0 in the extra frame for a 72-62 win.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs led 23-9 at the half, but Sheffield rallied and took its first lead at 33-32 with 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. The game was tied 38-38 at the end of regulation thanks to a pair of Jake Davis baskets down the stretch.

Carbon Hill finally put the game away with four free throws in the final minute.

“We got off to a good start, but they are a good team. You know they are going to make a run at you,” Epps said. “We were able to get a lead and sustain it. Any win this time of year is a good win.”

Elkmont’s seven losses this season have come against three teams.

Tanner knocked off the Red Devils three times while both East Limestone and West Limestone defeated Elkmont twice.

Both Tanner (2A) and West Limestone (4A) are also playing for regional titles today.

Carbon Hill is going for its second straight Northwest Regional title.

Last year the Bulldogs defeated Clements (55-41) and Lauderdale County (48-38) before losing to eventual state champion Greensboro (58-46) at Birmingham.